Hi Friends! Woohoo! We are halfway through another week.. the fourth week in January! Today I’m changing it up a bit. Instead of pretty clothes, shoes and accessories I want to chat about comfy pajamas and good books! In 2018 I plan to read a good book a month! I already finished Grace, Not Perfection earlier this month and just started The 5 Love Languages this week! I’ve scheduled anywhere from 30-45 a day (usually early in the morning or before bed) to relax and read. Kinda how I never considered myself a runner, I’ve never considered myself a reader. I only read books because I had to in school. This year I wanted to turn over a new leaf and incorporate positive knowledge in my everyday life! Below, I’ve rounded up 5 books + a little description of each for you.
Present over Perfect – Looking for a less frantic, simple and soulful way of living? This book is for you! In the pages, you’ll be invited to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection. I just ordered it and I can’t wait to start it soon!
A Simplified Life – This book is for the busy wife, mom and/or entrepreneur. Have too many responsibilities, overwhelming to-do lists, and endless clutter left you feeling overwhelmed? In A Simplified Life, you’ll find Emily’s strategies, systems, and methods for permanently clearing the clutter, organizing your priorities, and living intentionally in 10 key areas—from your home and meal planning, to style and finances, parenting, faith life, and more. Emily will show you how to truly make the most of your days with realistic, achievable, and tactical tools.
Living Well Spending Less – New year means new goals and better budgeting, right?! If you answered yes, this is another book for you! Living Well, Spending Less was written to bring hope and encouragement to every woman who currently feels overwhelmed or stressed with a life–and budget–that feels out of control. It is a practical guide for those of us who often long to pull ourselves together but don’t always know how. It is real, honest, packed with practical tips, and speaks to the heart of the matter–how can we live the life we’ve always wanted.
The Five Love Languages – Honestly, in my opinion, this one is for everyone! Married, engaged, single or divorced this book explains love. Falling in love is easy. Staying in love, now that’s the challenge. Learn how you can keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life. I am currently reading this book and each day I learn a new way to love the hubs. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner.
Make it Happen – Has your time come to take a leap of faith? Make It Happen is for women who find themselves worried, anxious, and completely overwhelmed by the constant chase for perfection. Those seeking the courage to jump into a new venture. Working women who are struggling to “do it all”. Weary wives and moms looking for relief from burning the candle at both ends or anyone who dreams of a life lived not by accident, but on purpose. Your time has come to take a leap of faith. Join in as we surrender our fears, end the chase for perfection, and say yes to cultivating the meaningful lives God desires for us.
Raise your hand if you feel moved to read this year? I just raised both hands 🙂 I hope to have all 5 read by May. If you are currently reading a book and love it, please share the deets with me! I hope everyone is having a great week and come on Friday!!!
P.S. Each morning when I sit down to have quiet time and read, my best companion and fur baby Lincoln always snuggles in to join me! He definitely runs our household and is the definition of “only child syndrome!”